“Spring has to be my favourite season of them all, closely followed by Autumn. For me Spring is hope for the year ahead with Daffodils blooming, Hellebores with Fritillaries showing off their blooms on the back of our mounds and Magnolias unfurling out of their cosy furry buds.
Another sign of spring is just the sense of change from wildlife; with birds singing louder than ever, bees buzzing and of course Ducks laying their eggs….such as in our kitchen garden – of course, I can think of more odd places to have ducks nesting and I am sure they will be a real slug control for us.
Easter has crept up on us this spring as it does every year but we have also been open during this period. We have had lots of visitors enjoying the gardens and also lots of wild weather. Going over my diary I can see that we have had a stormy period around this time for the past two years but the gardens are getting through it. The gardeners have just got on with what we do best, and that’s gardening!
Since I last wrote this blog we have been busying ourselves with all manner of jobs, some exciting, others not (thanks to the rain) but the result is worth it. One of which was weeding of the two mounds, at this point this is where I say wet weather can make a job very hard, but add that with heavy clay then you have a nice sticky heavy recipe but it all looks good now. We have also been in the wilderness trying to get down the bramble population by digging them out root and all as this will ensure we don’t have to see them again. We have also moved some small trees around as they were planted far too close to one another and not in the right place to allow them to breathe.
One of my highlights was the arrival of our Wollemi Pine tree as this has a label on it for being a very old species long thought extinct but far from it, and here at Knebworth we are proudly going to be helping it bounce back in our Jurassic area. Speaking of our Jurassic area, the Tree ferns have had their winter sheets taken off – obviously they need a little time to spruce up and a little hair cut but it is a great moment to show them off once more.
Until next time, come visit, enjoy, feel inspired to maybe get out into your garden!”
Adam Carveth, and the Knebworth Gardens Team.